Land Tax Bushfire Relief

If you own property in the areas affected by recent bushfires, relief from land tax may be available.

When is relief available?

If your property has been destroyed or substantially damaged by a bushfire in a specified bushfire area, relief from your 2019-20 and 2020-21 land tax liability may be available.

Please see the properties destroyed or substantially damaged by bushfire section below for more information.

If your property was affected but not destroyed or substantially damaged by a bushfire in a specified bushfire area, relief from your 2020-21 land tax liability may be available.

Please see the properties affected by bushfire but not destroyed or substantially damaged section below for more information.

What is the specified bushfire area?

Property must be located within an area affected by the bushfires in the Local Government Areas of Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Mount Barker, Murray Bridge, Mid-Murray, Yorke Peninsula and Kingston District.

My home was destroyed. Does this mean I now have to pay land tax?

If your home was destroyed or rendered uninhabitable by the bushfire, you may be eligible for an exemption from land tax for up to three years while your home is being rebuilt.

See our Land Tax Exemption page for more information.

Is other relief available?

Yes. Relief is also available for:

A land tax exemption may also be available while you rebuild your destroyed or uninhabitable home.

Properties Destroyed or Substantially Damaged By Bushfire

What relief will I get?

If your property has been destroyed or substantially damaged by a bushfire in a specified bushfire area, relief from your 2019-20 and 2020-21 land tax liability may be available.

Do I need to apply for relief?

We are working with authorities to identify the properties which were destroyed or substantially damaged in the bushfire.

Where a property is identified by the relevant authorities, we will endeavour to automatically apply the land tax relief.

I have already paid my 2019-20 land tax liability, will I get a refund?

If you have already paid land tax for the 2019-20 year and your property is eligible for relief you will receive a refund of the amount of land tax paid on properties substantially damaged or destroyed by the bushfire.

RevenueSA will be generating these refunds once these properties have been identified.

How will I know relief has been applied?

RevenueSA will be contacting owners of properties that are identified as destroyed or substantially damaged in the bushfire. Relief will also be reflected on your 2020-21 Land Tax Notice of Assessment should you be liable to pay land tax for the 2020-21 financial year.

I haven’t received relief – can I apply?

Yes. If your property has been destroyed or substantially damaged by bushfire, but you have not received relief, you can apply to RevenueSA (application form coming soon)

You will need to provide a copy of the police report or insurance claim that evidences that the property has been affected by the bushfire. If you do not have a police report or insurance claim, other sufficient evidence or a declaration may be provided.

These will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Properties Affected by Bushfire but not Substantially Destroyed or Damaged

What relief will I get?

If your property was affected but not destroyed or substantially damaged by a bushfire in a specified bushfire area, relief from your 2020-21 land tax liability may be available.

Do I need to apply for relief?

Yes. You can apply to RevenueSA (application form coming soon)

You will need to provide a copy of the police report or insurance claim that evidences that the property has been affected by the bushfire. If you do not have a police report or insurance claim, other sufficient evidence or a declaration may be provided.

These will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

How will I know relief has been applied?

RevenueSA will advise you of the outcome of your application for relief.

If approved, relief will also be reflected on your 2020-21 Land Tax Notice of Assessment should you be liable to pay land tax for the 2020-21 financial year.